n. A display whereby inebriates attempt to sing songs that were once or are now popular (the trend favouring the latter), aided by a badly recorded MIDI soundtrack and words flashing on a monitor. (often derogatory)
I know this bar on Bloor Street that has karaoke on Thursdays.
by Squire of Saskatoon November 26, 2005
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Singing without a live orchestra or band. Originally meaning "without orchestra," it is a combination of Japanese "kara" meaning "empty/bare-handed" as in "karate", and the "okee" sound from the first syllable of "orchestra" as pronounced by Japanese.
The guy who thought up karaoke created a bar owner's dream, because as patrons provide their own entertainment by singing along with a machine, management saves a fortune by not hiring talented musicians.
by Joe Rodolico February 09, 2007
A Japanese word commonly mispronounced by Americans. See karate
Karaoke is pronounced Karah-Okay, not Cary-Okey.
by Ookpick GooseFrubba August 19, 2005
The reason why I doubt whether God exists.
There is no God when every fucking town has a karaoke bar.
by WhatTheFuck? October 09, 2003
See American Idol.
I didn't know that the ideal American pop star should be a karaoke singer!
by sarcastic July 17, 2003
Process by which one sings a song in front of a group of people, with only musical accompanient and scrolling words.
Don't stand. Don't stand so. Don't stand so close to me.
by MoonKnight November 29, 2002